this past weekend held some refreshing & much needed sensory stimulation; minus the fact that mother nature wanted us to know that hell existed in the carolinas ( 110 degrees ). the mrs. & i attended a function at the packard place. it was a collaboration of the arts, & they have done quite a nice little job. there was a lot of great artwork but there was one that really caught our eye. natalie abrams works with encaustics which is a form of painting using hot wax with pigment in it. she creates these stunning organic & life like pieces that make you want to get closer to & explore. natalie really stood out of the crowd with her work. please check out her site, buy some art, & support the cause.